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Sean Rooks (1969 - 2016)

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Sean Rooks (1969 - 2016)

Sean Rooks, a former professional basketball center, died June 7, 2016, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, according to multiple news sources. He was 46.

The cause of death was not released.

“It is with deep sadness and overwhelming grief that we mourn the sudden loss of my son, Sean,” said Rooks’ mother, Deborah Brown, in a news release. She asked people to respect the family’s privacy “as we grieve during this incredibly difficult time.”

The 6-foot-10 center played for seven teams in 12 NBA seasons including the Dallas Mavericks, the Minnesota Timberwolves, and the Los Angeles Lakers. After retiring, he served as an assistant coach for several teams, most recently for the Philadelphia 76ers.

"It is with a profound deal of sadness that we mourn the sudden loss of a beloved son, father, and friend, Sean Rooks," said the 76ers’ owners, Josh Harris and David Blitzer, in a news statement. "Words simply cannot express the heartbreak and shock our entire organization is feeling over this loss."

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Rooks, who was born Sept. 9, 1969, in New York, New York, played college basketball for the Arizona Wildcats from 1988 to 1992. He earned All-Conference honors as a senior in what then was known as the Pac 10 Conference.

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